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On Tuesday, our Lived Experience Advisory Group gathered at Arts Centre Melbourne for a day of future planning.

Thanks to the vital feedback from this diverse range of performing arts workers, the Arts Wellbeing Collective is one step closer to launching our highly-requested new training program.

Photo of the Lived Experience Advisory Group and Arts Wellbeing Collective staff by Theresa Harrison

Our new training program will focus on three wellbeing touch points for those working in the performing arts sector:

• how to look after yourself;
• how to look after others; and
• creating mentally healthy workplaces so we are all looked after

Let us know which workshops you are interested in here and we will add you to the waitlist.

You also have the option to submit your preferences without joining the waitlist. This helps us understand the industry’s demand for each topic – even if you are not in a position to enrol.

While elements of this training program will be fee-for service, the Arts Wellbeing Collective endeavours to make to wellbeing education accessible for all. We are currently exploring the viability of tiered pricing structures and subsidised workshops. As always, we will continue to build on our existing library of free resources, available 24/7 on our website.

Upcoming Events

In person event
Brunswick, VIC | Sunday 4 June, 2 – 4pm

Why is death such a taboo topic in Western secular societies? What are some ideas about death that help us to live a better, happier life?

Part art therapy, part peer support workshop, part ecstatic group healing, and 100% fun, this unique experience is one that draws on the wisdom of past generations to bring people together. This session’s special guests are Nastassia and Kimba from Last Hurrah Funerals, who will guide us through building mental fitness around the topic of death.

Learn more →

Resources

Developed in consultation with presenters, artists, producers and other industry bodies, the Charter represents a new set of standards for all stakeholders participating in the performing arts touring ecosystem across Australia.

Read now →

An exciting program providing specialised industry training and 12 weeks part-time work experience for people who are:

      • Over 18
      • Based in NSW or ACT
      • d/Deaf or identify as a person with a disability; and
      • culturally and linguistically diverse (including people of colour, Black people and people from migrant and refugee backgrounds)

Applications are warmly encouraged from people with all levels of previous experience, including those new to the workforce. All interns will be provided with assistance prior to starting and during their internship, matched to their individual access requirements. Applications close on Monday 5 June at midnight.

For more information and to apply, click here →

Support

Do you want to support the wellbeing of performing artists and arts workers? Donations to the Arts Wellbeing Collective are tax deductible and your support enables us to keep advocating for positive mental health in an industry characterised by unconventional challenges and working environments.

Donate today →

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